7 Sporty Swimsuits You Can Actually Work Out In, According to an Experienced Swimmer

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So, you've researched all the benefits of swimming — from muscle strength to stress reduction, and now you're ready to jump into the sport. As a former college swimmer and current amateur paddler, I can't recommend it enough for anyone looking to improve their cardio and get stronger. Now, all that's left is finding a swimsuit you can actually workout in, so I'm using my many years on the water to help you find the very best one.

While your usual poolside bikinis and one-pieces are great for quick dips and tanning in the sun, those low backs, teeny straps, and cheeky thongs are sure to slow you down (and reveal way more than your expert backstroke skills). For a sturdy suit that will keep you covered and comfortable through long distances and flip turns, think supportive straps, high necks, and sleek, no frills designs. Below are seven cute, functional options that check all the boxes, according to an experienced swimmer.

Speedo Endurance+ Flyback One-Piece Swimsuit

Speedo Women's Swimsuit One Piece Endurance+ Flyback

Possibly the most classic swimsuit in all of swimming, this sporty style from Speedo has been worn by everyone from beginners to pros.rIts slip-proof racerback straps and body-hugging fit are designed to keep water out to help you reach your workout goals. Some shoppers even note that its waterproof fabric feels "very soft and comfortable," against the skin.

Lululemon Zip-Back Paddle Swimsuit

Zip-Back Paddle Suit

With its high neck and back, plus a salt-resistant, UV-protective fabric, this swimsuit was built to withstand the elements of open water. The skin-tight fit and zip-up back ensure that the fabric moves with you through waves, without restricting your movement.

Jolyn Tomcat Bikini Top

JOLYN Tomcat Women's Swimsuit Bikini Top

If you thought bikinis were off limits during workouts, think again. Since its founding over a decade ago, Jolyn has been making lap-ready bikinis that stay on your body through even your fastest sprint sets — and this bright top is no exception. The tie-on closure is easily adjustable and the lined, supportive cups provide the right amount of coverage.

Dolfin Uglies V-2 Back One-Piece Swimsuit

Dolfin Women's Uglies V-2 Back One Piece Swimsuit

If you're looking for a swimsuit that gives you the support you need without compromising on fun, these seriously bright styles from Dolphin are for you. Smooth, full coverage, and durable enough to withstand chlorine and salt water for hours, these vibrant one-pieces make for great training partners. "It is comfortable and provides great coverage, stays in place, and I've gotten lots of compliments on the fun print," wrote one happy reviewer.

TYR Sport Durafast Diamondback Workout Bikini

TYR Sport Women's Solid Durafast Diamondback Workout Bikini

"[I] love that I can swim laps in it and not worry about anything coming undone," raved one Amazon shopper." With drawstring bottoms and a tight-fitting, sports bra-style top, this bikini was designed to stay put. An added bonus? No weird tan lines at the end of your workout.

Next Tidal Stripe Cross-Back One-Piece Swimsuit

Next Tidal Stripe Cross-Back One-Piece Swimsuit
Nordstrom Rack

Sleek, soft, and cute, this striped one-piece includes full bum coverage and adjustable straps that make it an ideal choice for anyone with a larger chest size. Plus, this swimsuit features cups and a full lining, avoiding a see-through situation.

FP Movement Nayda One-Piece Swimsuit

Nayda One Piece Swimsuit
Free People

Part of FP Movement's super-cute surf line, the Nayda One-Piece Swimsuit has everything you need in an open-water athletic suit like a closed back, high neck, and full lining. "This swimsuit is both flattering and sexy," wrote one reviewer, adding that it's "not revealing" and "fits amazingly."

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